On February 13, Menlo’s Varsity and JV teams headed into the Redwood City courthouse to compete in their respective County championship rounds.
The JV team put up a great fight against Hillsdale’s JV team, coming short of the Championship title by just a few points. Placing 2nd in San Mateo County against the defending JV Champions is a huge feat for Menlo’s JV team. With no JV team for the 2018-2019 season, every single individual on Menlo’s 2019-2020 team was a first year mock trialer!
In the nearby courtrooms, the Varsity team played Notre Dame Belmont. After a great two rounds where Menlo swept all 8 of the scoring ballots, Menlo was named the San Mateo County Champions for the tenth year in a row. In addition to earning them the County title, MMT’s prosecution and defense victories in the championship round marked the team’s 100th straight County win, a streak started during the 2010-2011 season.
Of note, Menlo also won their first “Courtroom Artist” title this year with sophomore Grace Tang taking 2nd place!
After the County competition, MMT began their rigorous preparations for the State tournament scheduled for March 19-22 in Los Angeles. However, due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, the Constitutional Rights Foundation made the difficult decision on March 11 to cancel the State tournament for the safety of the competitors, their families, and the volunteers. The governing body of the National High School Mock Trial competition quickly followed suit, cancelling the 2020 Nationals scheduled for early May in Indiana.
While MMT is disappointed that they will not be able to defend their State title this year, Menlo still had a fabulous season with their Varsity team going undefeated (5-0 at Providence, 10-0 at Norcals, 10-0 at County). And, to end on an even better note, what this also means is that MMT is the reigning California State Champion for (at least) another full year!
Until next season…